Week of April 8, 2018

Sunday, April 8 15 events
  • All Day Free Appliance Pick-up 
    In honor of Earth Day, Appliance Depot is offering free pick-up of your appliances—whether they're working or non-working—from April 7-May 5 in Whatcom County (typical fees are $10-$60). In the past 12 years, the nonprofit has saved more than 50,000 appliances from the waste stream and provided job training and work experience to more than 400 low-income residents.
    Whatcom County :: (360) 527-2646 or http://www.appliancedepotbham.com
  • All Day Skagit Valley Tulip Festival 
    The flower-focused Skagit Valley Tulip Festival takes place throughout April at a variety of venues from Mount Vernon to Edison to La Conner, Anacortes, and beyond. In addition to being able to explore fields of budding daffodils and tulips, there'll be a street fair, arts events, a kids garage sale, a boat show, a tulip run and tulip pedal, live music, a quilt walk, a wine festival, book sales, a parade and much more. Head to the website to check out the full roster of events, and remember that bloom dates take place "according to Mother Nature."
    Skagit Valley :: http://www.tulipfestival.org
  • All Day Rexville Grange Art Show 
    Attend an opening reception for the annual Rexville Grange Art Show from 6-8pm Friday at Mount Vernon's Rexville Grange, 19299 Rexville Grange Rd. More than two dozen artists' works can be viewed and purchased from 10am-6pm daily through April 15. Entry to the Tulip Festival Show is free.
  • 7:30pm Pacific Northwest Opera's Turandot 
    Pacific Northwest Opera presents performances of Turandot at 7:30pm Friday, and 3pm Sunday at Mount Vernon's McIntyre Hall, 2501 E. College Way. Based on an ancient Chinese tale, the opera is an epic masterpiece of revenge, power and love following a vengeful princess who has decreed that she will marry only a royal suitor who can answer three riddles. Tickets are $25-$65; additional performances happen April 13 and 15.
    McIntyre Hall :: http://www.mcintyrehall.org
  • 7:30pm Scapino 
    Enjoy the fast-paced and physical hijinks of the timeless comedy Scapino continuing this week with performances at 7:30pm Thursday through Saturday, and 2pm Sunday at the Bellingham Theatre Guild, 1600 St. Directed by Teri Grimes, Dunlop and Dale's adaptation of Moliere's comedy will be performed in a "zany" commedia dell'arte style. Showings continue through April 15. Tickets are $8-$14.
    Bellingham Theatre Guild :: http://www.bellinghamtheatreguild.com
  • 7:30pm 9 to 5, the Musical 
    Friendship and revenge take center stage when 9 to 5, the Musical continues this week with performances at 7:30pm Thursday through Saturday, and 2pm Sunday at the Anacortes Community Theatre, 918 M Ave. The play is based on the seminal 1980 hit movie, and features music and lyrics by Dolly Parton. Tickets are $20 to see the play about three women who get even with their sexist, egotistical, lying boss. Additional performances happens weekends through April 28.
    Anacortes Community Theatre :: http://www.acttheatre.com
  • 10:00am Stamp & Coin Show 
    Attend Bellingham's annual Stamp & Coin Show from 10am-5pm Saturday, and 10am-4pm Sunday at Hotel Bellingham's Fox Hall, 3986 Bennett Dr. Entry is free; there will also be door prizes.
    Fox Hall :: (360) 676-8720
  • 8:00am - 11:00am Rabbit Ride 
    Join members of the Mount Baker Bicycle Club for a "Rabbit Ride" starting at 8am every Sunday at Fairhaven Bicycle, 1108 11th St. The 32-mile route takes riders down Chuckanut and back via Lake Samish. The group also holds weekly rides Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays.
    Fairhaven Bicycle :: http://www.mtbakerbikeclub.org
  • 2:00pm - 4:00pm Eating Early Spring Herbs 
    "Eating Early Spring Herbs: Nettles and Lemon Balm" will be the focus of a workshop with Shana Lewis from 2-4pm at the Chuckanut Center, 103 Chuckanut Drive N. Attendees will learn about their medicinal properties and their highly edible uses in food and participate in identifying, collecting and preparing these herbs. You will experience hands-on how to add herbs to spice condiments, salads, and tea, and will be able bring home some of the herbal products. Entry is $10.
    Chuckanut Center :: http://www.chuckanutcenter.org
  • 2:00pm - 4:00pm The Debutones 
    Listen to a tasteful, eclectic blend of country, folk and bluegrass music, featuring tight harmony singing and stellar instrumental accompaniment, when the Debutones perform at 2pm at Nancy's Farm, 2030 E. Smith Rd. Suggested donation is $15. If you're not on the mailing list, call the number listed below to request an invitation.
    Nancy's Farm :: (360) 739-5651 or http://www.nancysfarm.com
  • 3:00pm - 5:00pm Repair Cafe 
    Bring your broken "toys, toasters, trinkets and trousers" to get them fixed at the monthly Bellingham Repair Cafe from 3-5pm the Foundry Makerspace, 1000 F St. Entry and repair is free.
    Foundry Makerspace :: http://www.bellinghamrepaircafe.org
  • 3:00pm - 5:00pm Cabaret 
    Join a raucous ensemble for superb Broadway standards in a bawdy browse through a treacherous time when Cabaret is performed at 3pm at the Mount Baker Theatre, 104 N. Commercial St. As you experience the story of Sally Bowles, the Kit Kat Club, and the decadent allure of Berlin nightlife, hear some of the most memorable songs in theatre history, including “Cabaret,” “Willkommen,” and “Maybe This Time." Tickets are $50-$80.
    Mount Baker Theatre :: 734-6080 or http://www.mountbakertheatre.com
  • 4:00pm - 6:00pm Duel to the Death with J.A. Jance 
    Bestselling author J.A. Jance reads from Duel to the Death: An Ali Reynolds Mystery at 4pm at Village Books, 1200 11th St. Written in Jance’s classic “take-no-prisoners” style, in this thriller Stu, Ali, and their team will come to realize that everything has its price.
    Village Books :: http://www.villagebooks.com
  • 7:00pm - 9:00pm Magic Cafe 
    Experience a postmodern rock opera epic told through live original music, political poetry and sharp dialogue at a "Magic Cafe" performance at 7pm at the Lookout Arts Quarry, 246 Old Hwy 99. This is an artist in residency showcase project by Devon More that "explores the hope and security of simple human connection." Suggested donation is $10.
    Lookout Arts Quarry :: http://www.facebook.com/lookoutarts
  • 8:00pm - 10:00pm Take Me to Church 
    The iconic Betty Desire and the Panty Hoes present a weekly "Take Me to Church" drag production starting at 8pm at Rumors Cabaret, 1119 Railroad Ave. Entry is by donation; funds raised benefit community charities such as Northwest Youth Services, Safe for Free, and more.
    Rumors Cabaret :: http://www.rumorscabaret.com
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Monday, April 9 11 events
  • All Day Free Appliance Pick-up 
    In honor of Earth Day, Appliance Depot is offering free pick-up of your appliances—whether they're working or non-working—from April 7-May 5 in Whatcom County (typical fees are $10-$60). In the past 12 years, the nonprofit has saved more than 50,000 appliances from the waste stream and provided job training and work experience to more than 400 low-income residents.
    Whatcom County :: (360) 527-2646 or http://www.appliancedepotbham.com
  • All Day Skagit Valley Tulip Festival 
    The flower-focused Skagit Valley Tulip Festival takes place throughout April at a variety of venues from Mount Vernon to Edison to La Conner, Anacortes, and beyond. In addition to being able to explore fields of budding daffodils and tulips, there'll be a street fair, arts events, a kids garage sale, a boat show, a tulip run and tulip pedal, live music, a quilt walk, a wine festival, book sales, a parade and much more. Head to the website to check out the full roster of events, and remember that bloom dates take place "according to Mother Nature."
    Skagit Valley :: http://www.tulipfestival.org
  • All Day Rexville Grange Art Show 
    Attend an opening reception for the annual Rexville Grange Art Show from 6-8pm Friday at Mount Vernon's Rexville Grange, 19299 Rexville Grange Rd. More than two dozen artists' works can be viewed and purchased from 10am-6pm daily through April 15. Entry to the Tulip Festival Show is free.
  • 5:00pm - 7:30pm Plant Diagnostic Clinics 
    Local Master Gardeners will be on hand for Plant Diagnostic Clinics from 5-7:30pm Mondays through April at the SkillShare Space at the Bellingham Public Library, 210 Central Ave. Bring your spring gardening questions, samples or photos of unknown or problem plants, and other gardening questions to the library, where Master Gardeners will offer advice.
    Bellingham Public Library :: (360) 778-7210
  • 6:00pm - 8:00pm Cuban Salsa 
    Rumba Northwest hosts a "Cuban Salsa for Beginners" class at 6pm at Bell Tower Studios, 1430 N. Garden St. At 7pm, a "Cuban Salsa Advanced" class takes place. Entry to the classes is $8 for regular students, $12 for drop-ins.
    Bell Tower Studios :: http://www.rumbanorthwest.com
  • 6:00pm - 7:30pm Fragrant Shrubs for PNW Gardens 
    As part of a "Dig Into Spring" series, Skagit County Master Gardener Diana Wisen will lead a "Fragrant Shrubs for Pacific Northwest Gardens" presentation at 6pm at the Mount Vernon City Library, 315 Snoqualmie St. She'll cover shrubs for every season and will include a plant list to take home. Entry is free.
    Mount Vernon City Library :: http://www.mountvernonwa.gov
  • 6:00pm - 8:00pm Skagit Weavers Guild Meeting 
    Join the Skagit Valley Weavers Guild for its monthly meeting starting with a 6pm social at Bow's Allen Methodist Church, 16775 Allen West. A general meeting focusing on the guild's upcoming fundraising auction begins at 6:30pm.
    Allen Methodist Church :: http://www.skagitvalleyweaversguild.org
  • 6:00pm - 7:30pm Backpacking Basics 
    Learn how to choose a pack, select proper clothing and footwear and glean notes on trail etiquette at a free "Backpacking Basics" clinic at 6pm at REI, 400 36th St. Please register in advance.
    REI :: 647-8955 or http://www.rei.com
  • 6:30pm - 8:00pm Books on Tap 
    South Whatcom Library manager Brian Hulsey leads a "Books on Tap" discussion from 6:30-8pm at Sudden Valley's El Agave 2, 4 Clubhouse Circle, Gate 2. Timothy Egan's The Good Rain: Across Time and Terrain in the Pacific Northwest will be the focus of the evening's events.
    El Agave 2 :: (360) 305-3632
  • 7:00pm - 9:00pm Recycling Refresher 
    "What Can I Toss in My Recycle Bin...and Where Does It Go?" will be the focus of a free presentation hosted by Mt. Baker Sierra Club at 7pm at the Garden Room at the Whatcom County Public Works Building, 322 N. Commercial St. Rodd Pemble, the recycling manager for Sanitary Service Company, will talk about the state of local recycling, and what you can and cannot toss into your bins.
    Whatcom County Public Works Building :: http://www.sierraclub.org
  • 8:00pm - 9:30pm Poetrynight 
    Those looking to share their creative verse as part of Poetrynight can sign up at 7:45pm at the Bellingham Public Library, 210 Central Ave. Readings start at 8pm. Entry is by donation.
    Bellingham Public Library :: http://www.poetrynight.org
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Tuesday, April 10 15 events
  • All Day Free Appliance Pick-up 
    In honor of Earth Day, Appliance Depot is offering free pick-up of your appliances—whether they're working or non-working—from April 7-May 5 in Whatcom County (typical fees are $10-$60). In the past 12 years, the nonprofit has saved more than 50,000 appliances from the waste stream and provided job training and work experience to more than 400 low-income residents.
    Whatcom County :: (360) 527-2646 or http://www.appliancedepotbham.com
  • All Day Skagit Valley Tulip Festival 
    The flower-focused Skagit Valley Tulip Festival takes place throughout April at a variety of venues from Mount Vernon to Edison to La Conner, Anacortes, and beyond. In addition to being able to explore fields of budding daffodils and tulips, there'll be a street fair, arts events, a kids garage sale, a boat show, a tulip run and tulip pedal, live music, a quilt walk, a wine festival, book sales, a parade and much more. Head to the website to check out the full roster of events, and remember that bloom dates take place "according to Mother Nature."
    Skagit Valley :: http://www.tulipfestival.org
  • All Day Rexville Grange Art Show 
    Attend an opening reception for the annual Rexville Grange Art Show from 6-8pm Friday at Mount Vernon's Rexville Grange, 19299 Rexville Grange Rd. More than two dozen artists' works can be viewed and purchased from 10am-6pm daily through April 15. Entry to the Tulip Festival Show is free.
  • 2:30pm - 4:00pm Ferndale Book Group 
    Marie Benedict's The Other Einstein will be the topic of a Ferndale Book Group meeting from 2:30-4pm at the Ferndale Library, 2125 Main St. All are welcome at the monthly event.
    Ferndale Library :: (360) 384-3647
  • 5:30pm - 8:00pm Energy Careers Prep Night 
    Are you interested in a career in the energy industry? If so, attend Energy Careers Prep Night from 5:30-8pm at Settlemyer Hall at Bellingham Technical College, 3028 Lindbergh Ave. Hear from the experts, with a keynote speaker and a panel of speakers who work in the energy industry. There will also be college prep activities, tours, information tables, career prep workshops to help you wherever you are on your career path, and more. Entry is free; please RSVP.
    Bellingham Technical College :: http://www.btc.edu/energynight
  • 6:00pm - 8:00pm Suicide Prevention 
    l Join NAMI Whatcom for an education forum focused on "Mad Hope Youth Suicide Prevention" from 6-8pm at the Lecture Room at the Bellingham Public Library, 210 Central Ave. Dr. Geoffrey Morgan and the MAD HOPE team will be focused on providing individuals with the courage and knowledge to address youth depression and suicide in our community. The training aims to reduce stigma, shatter myths, and empower individuals to support those dealing with suicidal ideation. Entry is free; no registration is required.
    Bellingham Public Library :: http://www.bellinghampubliclibrary.org
  • 6:00pm - 7:30pm Spring is Sprung Run 
    Staff and volunteers are always on hand to guide the way at the weekly All-Paces Run starting at 6pm every Tuesday at Fairhaven Runners, 1209 11th St. The runs are 20 minutes out and back on two key routes—by the water or through the woods. Entry is free. Tonight's "Spring is Sprung" Run will feature SPI-belt demos, a ball bouncing game and post-run raffle prizes and refueling treats.
    Fairhaven Runners :: http://www.fairhavenrunners.com
  • 6:00pm - 8:00pm Suicide Prevention 
    l Join NAMI Whatcom for an education forum focused on "Mad Hope Youth Suicide Prevention" from 6-8pm at the Lecture Room at the Bellingham Public Library, 210 Central Ave. Dr. Geoffrey Morgan and the MAD HOPE team will be focused on providing individuals with the courage and knowledge to address youth depression and suicide in our community. The training aims to reduce stigma, shatter myths, and empower individuals to support those dealing with suicidal ideation. Entry is free; no registration is required.
    Bellingham Public Library :: http://www.bellinghampubliclibrary.org
  • 6:00pm - 7:00pm Mockingbird 
    The longtime a capella trio known as Mockingbird will perform at a free concert from 6-7pm at the Lynden Library, 216 4th St. Mockingbird recently performed at Northwest A Capella, winning third place overall and first place for original composition.
    Lynden Library :: (360) 354-4883
  • 6:30pm - 8:00pm Big Ole 
    Big Ole: A Timber Mill Whistle in Bellingham author Todd Warger leads "The Story of Big Ole" at 6:30pm in Maple Falls at the North Fork Library, 7506 Kendall Rd. Warger's presentation will focus on the history of the logging industry during 1899-1942, including the true story of a revered mill whistle named by Scandinavian lumber mill workers. Its loud shrieks were heard across Bellingham Bay in communities as far away as Blaine. Entry is free.
    North Fork Library :: http://www.wcls.org
  • 6:30pm - 9:00pm Vegan's Delight 
    Chef Robert Fong helms a "Vegan's Delight" class from 6:30-9pm at the Community Food Co-op, 1220 N. Forest St. Recipes will include all-raw pad thai using young coconut, cashews, maple sugar, shredded vegetables, herbs, and spices. Also on the menu are eggplant caponata with tomatoes, olives, capers, and basil; and seared and braised savoy cabbage. Entry is $45.
    Community Food Co-op :: http://www.whatcomcommunityed.com
  • 7:00pm - 9:30pm Skagit Folk Dancers 
    Join the Skagit-Anacortes Folk Dancers for a weekly International Folk Dancing event from 7-9:30pm at Bayview Civic Hall, 12615 C St. No partners are needed; just show up and dance. Entry to the drop-in event is free for the first session, $3 afterwards.
    Bayview Civic Hall :: http://www.skagitfolkdancers.org
  • 7:00pm - 9:00pm The Last True Hermit 
    Journalist Michael Finkel reads from The Stranger in the Woods: The Extraordinary Story of the Last True Hermit at 7pm at Village Books, 1200 11th St. Drawing on extensive interviews with his subject, Christopher Knight, Finkel shows how Knight lived in a tent in a secluded encampment, developing ingenious ways to store provisions and stave off frostbite during the winters. Since returning to the world, he has faced unique challenges—and compelled people to reexamine assumptions about what makes a good life.
    Village Books :: http://www.villagebooks.com
  • 7:30pm - 9:30pm Comedy Open Mic 
    The weekly Shakedown Punch Up Comedy Open Mic begins at 7:30pm at the Shakedown, 1212 N. State St. Entry is free. If you'd like to take your turn onstage, show up at 7pm to sign up for a five-minute set.
  • 7:30pm - 9:00pm Mountaineers Speaker Series 
    World-class alpinist Steve Swensen will lead a presentation featuring stories and images from his book Karakoram: Climbing Through the Kashmir Conflict as part of a Bellingham Mountaineers speaker series at 7:30pm at Backcountry Essentials, 214 W. Holly St. Entry is free.
    Backcountry Essentials :: http://www.bellinghammountaineers.com
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Wednesday, April 11 10 events
  • All Day Free Appliance Pick-up 
    In honor of Earth Day, Appliance Depot is offering free pick-up of your appliances—whether they're working or non-working—from April 7-May 5 in Whatcom County (typical fees are $10-$60). In the past 12 years, the nonprofit has saved more than 50,000 appliances from the waste stream and provided job training and work experience to more than 400 low-income residents.
    Whatcom County :: (360) 527-2646 or http://www.appliancedepotbham.com
  • All Day Skagit Valley Tulip Festival 
    The flower-focused Skagit Valley Tulip Festival takes place throughout April at a variety of venues from Mount Vernon to Edison to La Conner, Anacortes, and beyond. In addition to being able to explore fields of budding daffodils and tulips, there'll be a street fair, arts events, a kids garage sale, a boat show, a tulip run and tulip pedal, live music, a quilt walk, a wine festival, book sales, a parade and much more. Head to the website to check out the full roster of events, and remember that bloom dates take place "according to Mother Nature."
    Skagit Valley :: http://www.tulipfestival.org
  • All Day Rexville Grange Art Show 
    Attend an opening reception for the annual Rexville Grange Art Show from 6-8pm Friday at Mount Vernon's Rexville Grange, 19299 Rexville Grange Rd. More than two dozen artists' works can be viewed and purchased from 10am-6pm daily through April 15. Entry to the Tulip Festival Show is free.
  • 3:30pm - 4:30pm Groundbreaking Ceremony 
    Attend a Groundbreaking Ceremony for the Phyllis and Charles Self Learning Commons at 3:30pm at Whatcom Community College's Signature Garden Courtyard, 237 W. Kellogg Rd. The event will happen rain or shine.
    Signature Garden Courtyard :: (360) 383-3320
  • 4:00pm - 6:00pm Knife and Tool Sharpening 
    Local resident Phil McRee will teach attendees how to make kitchen, garden and shop tools easier and safer to use at a "Knife and Tool Sharpening Workshop" from 4-6pm at the Blaine Library, 610 3rd St. The demo includes an opportunity to hone your newly acquired knowledge. Some equipment and tools will be supplied; bring any you want to learn about or sharpen. Entry is free.
    Blaine Library :: http://www.wcls.org
  • 6:00pm - 7:00pm Group Run 
    All levels of experience are welcome at a weekly Group Run beginning at 6pm in Mount Vernon at the Skagit Running Company, 702 First St. The 3- to 6-mile run is great for beginners or for others wanting an easy recovery. Entry is free.
    Skagit Running Company :: http://www.skagitrunners.org
  • 6:00pm - 8:30pm Whatcom Writers and Publishers Meeting 
    Join writers Jolene Hanson and Susan Chase-Foster as they share their use of photography, sketching and painting during the writing process and across various genres at a Whatcom Writers and Publishers meeting from 6-8:30pm at Nicki's Bella Marina, 2615 S. Harbor Loop Dr. Entry is free; please RSVP on the website to guarantee a seat.
  • 7:00pm - 9:00pm Dixieland All Stars 
    Hear Dixieland jazz done right when Bellingham's Dixieland All Stars perform at a Whatcom Jazz Music Arts Center concert at 7pm at the Sylvia Center for the Arts, 205 Prospect St. Entry is $5 for students, $10 general.
    Sylvia Center for the Arts :: http://www.wjmac.org
  • 7:00pm - 9:00pm Chuckanut Radio Hour 
    Willy Vlautin and Jonathan Evison share their respective books, Don't Skip Out on Me and Lawn Boy, as the featured authors at tonight's Chuckanut Radio Hour taping at 7pm at Whatcom Community College, 237 W. Kellogg Rd. These novels are great complements to one another, and the authors (who are longtime friends) are great entertainers in their own right. Vlautin will also be the musical guest for the evening, and Governor Jay Inslee will greet the audience and say a few words. Entry is $5.
    Village Books :: http://www.villagebooks.com
  • 7:30pm - 9:30pm Scottish Country Dancing 
    Join the Bellingham Scottish Country Dancers to learn about the social dancing of Scotland from 7:30-9:30pm every Wednesday through May at the Fairhaven Library, 1117 12th St. No partner is required. The drop-in fee is $8.
    Fairhaven Library :: http://www.bellinghamscd.org
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Thursday, April 12 25 events
  • All Day Free Appliance Pick-up 
    In honor of Earth Day, Appliance Depot is offering free pick-up of your appliances—whether they're working or non-working—from April 7-May 5 in Whatcom County (typical fees are $10-$60). In the past 12 years, the nonprofit has saved more than 50,000 appliances from the waste stream and provided job training and work experience to more than 400 low-income residents.
    Whatcom County :: (360) 527-2646 or http://www.appliancedepotbham.com
  • All Day Skagit Valley Tulip Festival 
    The flower-focused Skagit Valley Tulip Festival takes place throughout April at a variety of venues from Mount Vernon to Edison to La Conner, Anacortes, and beyond. In addition to being able to explore fields of budding daffodils and tulips, there'll be a street fair, arts events, a kids garage sale, a boat show, a tulip run and tulip pedal, live music, a quilt walk, a wine festival, book sales, a parade and much more. Head to the website to check out the full roster of events, and remember that bloom dates take place "according to Mother Nature."
    Skagit Valley :: http://www.tulipfestival.org
  • All Day Rexville Grange Art Show 
    Attend an opening reception for the annual Rexville Grange Art Show from 6-8pm Friday at Mount Vernon's Rexville Grange, 19299 Rexville Grange Rd. More than two dozen artists' works can be viewed and purchased from 10am-6pm daily through April 15. Entry to the Tulip Festival Show is free.
  • 7:30pm 9 to 5, the Musical 
    Friendship and revenge take center stage when 9 to 5, the Musical continues this week with performances at 7:30pm Thursday through Saturday, and 2pm Sunday at the Anacortes Community Theatre, 918 M Ave. The play is based on the seminal 1980 hit movie, and features music and lyrics by Dolly Parton. Tickets are $20 to see the play about three women who get even with their sexist, egotistical, lying boss. Additional performances happens weekends through April 28.
    Anacortes Community Theatre :: http://www.acttheatre.com
  • 7:30pm Scapino 
    Enjoy the fast-paced and physical hijinks of the timeless comedy Scapino concludes this week with performances at 7:30pm Thursday through Saturday, and 2pm Sunday at the Bellingham Theatre Guild, 1600 St. Directed by Teri Grimes, Dunlop and Dale's adaptation of Moliere's comedy will be performed in a "zany" commedia dell'arte style. Tickets are $8-$14.
    Bellingham Theatre Guild :: http://www.bellinghamtheatreguild.com
  • 7:30pm Hir 
    Attend performances of Taylor Mac’s subversive comedy Hir starting this weekend at 7:30pm Thursday through Saturday at Western Washington University's DUG Theater (in the Performing Arts Center). Somewhere in the suburbs, Isaac has returned from the wars to help take care of his ailing father, only to discover a household in revolt. The insurgent is his mom. Liberated from an oppressive marriage, with Isaac’s newly out transgender sibling as her ally, she’s on a crusade to dismantle the patriarchy. Tickets are $10-$12; additional performances happen through April 21.
    DUG Theater :: 650-6146 or http://www.tickets.wwu.edu
  • 12:00pm - 1:30pm Whatcom Women Words and Works 
    Join the Museum Advocates for a "Whatcom Women Words and Works" presentation at 12pm at Whatcom Museum's Old City Hall, 121 Prospect St. Local artists and poets Anita Boyle, Judy Kleinberg, Sheila Sondik, and Nancy Canyon will share their work, processes and inspiration at the free event.
    Whatcom Museum's Old City Hall :: http://www.whatcommuseum.org
  • 1:30pm - 3:00pm English Country Dancing 
    Attend English Country Dancing classes from 1:30-3pm Thursdays at the Bellingham Senior Activity Center, 315 Halleck St. No experience or partner is necessary.
    Bellingham Senior Activity Center :: (360) 384-2674
  • 3:00pm - 4:30pm Bookworms Garden Club 
    If you like learning about growing food and enjoy digging in the dirt with good company, attend a monthly Bookworms Garden Club to plant and harvest from 3-4:30pm at the Deming Library, 5044 Mt. Baker Hwy. Each meeting starts with time to share and learn about garden-related topics. The group meets on the second Thursday of every month, through September.
    Deming Library :: (360) 592-2422
  • 3:30pm - 5:00pm Cook It and Book It 
    Students in grades 4-7 can meet up for cooking and book-related fun at a monthly "Cook It and Book It" gathering from 3:30-5pm at the Lynden Library, 216 4th St. If whipping up something tasty to eat and talking about books interests your kids, have them check it out.
    Lynden Library :: (360) 354-4883
  • 3:30pm - 5:30pm Dog Day Afternoons 
    Cuddle up with a good book and read to a canine friend from the Whatcom Humane Society at "Dog Day Afternoons" happening from 3:30-5:30pm Thursdays through April 26 at Sudden Valley's South Whatcom Library, 10 Barn View Court, Gate 2. Register in advance to choose your half-hour and read once a week for three weeks. All dogs have completed basic obedience and/or participated in WHS education programs.
    South Whatcom Library :: (360) 305-3632
  • 5:30pm - 7:00pm Paella Family Dinner Night 
    Reservations are recommended for a "Paella Family Dinner Night" taking place from 5:30-7pm at Old World Deli, 1228 N. State St. Entry is $5 for kids under 12, $15 general. Attendees are welcome to purchase a bottle of wine off the shelf at retail price, with no corkage fee.
    Old World Deli :: http://www.oldworlddeli1.com
  • 5:30pm - 8:30pm Jazz Jam 
    The Jazz Project's Jud Sherwood hosts a rotating house trio featuring top-flight local and regional musicians at a Jazz Jam happening from 5:30-8:30pm Thursdays at Illuminati Brewing, 3950 Hammer Dr., Suite 101. Entry is free.
    Illuminati Brewing :: http://www.jazzproject.org
  • 5:30pm - 8:00pm Boater's Intro to Coastal Navigation 
    Captain Mike Reed teaches participants how to read a marine chart, plot a course, measure distance, estimate time of travel, and more at a Community Boating Center "Boater's Intro to Coastal Navigation" workshop taking place from 5:30-8pm tonight and again April 19 at REI, 400 36th St. Entry is $55.
  • 6:00pm - 7:30pm Pub Run 
    Attend a weekly Pub Run starting at 6pm at BBay Running, 1431 N. State St. The 3- to 5-mile runs are open to all levels and abilities of runners, and BBay ambassadors guide each pace group. Entry is free.
    BBay Running :: http://www.bbayrunning.com
  • 6:30pm - 8:00pm Bellingham Ukulele Orchestra 
    The 18-member Bellingham Ukulele Orchestra will play songs from many eras and genres at a 6:30pm concert at the Leopold Crystal Ballroom, 1224 Cornwall Ave. Entry is by donation.
    Leopold Crystal Ballroom :: (360) 733-6867
  • 6:30pm - 8:00pm Organic Farming in Skagit Valley 
    Taylor Barker and Arielle Luckmann of Waxwing Farm will focus on "Organic Farming in Skagit Valley" at a free presentation at 6:30pm at the Mount Vernon City Library, 315 Snoqualmie St. Attendees can learn more about eating more vegetables in season, ways to connect with small-scale agriculture, and the benefits for your health and family.
    Mount Vernon City Library :: http://www.waxwingfarmllc.com
  • 6:30pm - 8:00pm Growing a Garden Panel Discussion 
    As part of a "Project Neighborly" series, attend a panel discussion with knowledgable folks around the South Fork Valley region focused on "Growing a Garden" from 6:30-8pm at the Van Zandt Community Hall, 4106 Valley Hwy. From ornamentals to vegetables, shrubs to trees, herbs to hedges, get the green-thumb skinny from local growers. Entry is free; dinner will be provided.
    Van Zandt Community Hall :: southforkvalley@aol.com
  • 6:30pm - 9:00pm Crepes Savory and Sweet 
    Cindy McKinney focuses on "Crepes Savory and Sweet" at a class happening from 6:30-9pm at the Community Food Co-op, 1220 N. Forest St. Enjoy chive-spiked crepes baked in a sour cream béchamel with smoked salmon filling; stacked crepe cake with chocolate ganache and raspberry sauce; classic crepes Suzette flambé with Grand Marnier, brandy, and fresh orange juice; and a Vietnamese-style crepe made with rice flour and coconut milk and filled with pork, bean sprouts and cilantro. Entry is $45.
    Community Food Co-op :: http://www.whatcomcommunityed.com
  • 7:00pm - 9:00pm Intro to Improv 
    Attend a free workshop focusing on play, creativity, storytelling and fun at a "Learn to Think on Your Feet" introductory improv class from 7-9pm at Improv Playworks, 1011 Girard St. All levels are welcome, and no experience is necessary. Please register in advance.
    Improv Playworks :: 756-0756 or http://www.improvplayworks.com
  • 7:00pm - 9:00pm Astronomy Meeting 
    The Whatcom Association of Celestial Observers will meet from 7-9pm at Ferndale’s Whatcom Educational Credit Union, 5659 Barrett Rd. (Use I-5 exit 262). The scheduled presentation topic is “The Structure of the Sun.” Entry is free and open to all.
    Whatcom Educational Credit Union :: http://www.whatcomastronomy.com
  • 7:00pm - 9:00pm Swimming With Fish 
    Olympia-based poet and retired commercial fisherman Patrick Dixon will read from his Swimming With Fish & Other Animals at 7pm at Village Books, 1200 11th St. Dixon drift-gillnetted for salmon in Alaska for 20 years, and has written about it for 20 more.
    Village Books :: http://www.villagebooks.com
  • 7:00pm - 9:30pm Balkan Folk Dancers 
    The Balkan Folk Dancers meet from 7-9:30pm Thursdays at the Fairhaven Library, 1117 12th St. Dances are taught, and mentoring is available. Suggested donation is $5.
    Fairhaven Library :: (360) 380-0456
  • 7:30pm - 9:00pm Maritime Adventure 
    Join the Whatcom County Historical Society for their monthly presentation, "Model Boats: A Maritime Adventure," from 7:30-9pm at Whatcom Museum's Old City Hall, 121 Prospect St. William Schermerhorn will lead the event. Suggested donation is $5.
    Whatcom Museum's Old City Hall :: http://www.whatcommuseum.org
  • 8:00pm - 10:00pm Six Gun Sal 
    KSVR radio presents Six Gun Sal and Klover Jane in concert at 8pm at Mount Vernon's Lincoln Theatre, 712 S. First St. Los Angeles-based southern rock band Six Gun Sal will move you with melodic emotional ballads, and grungy rocked-out powerhouse songs, and Klover Jane is a popular Seattle rock band. Tickets are $16.50-$40.
    Lincoln Theatre :: http://www.lincolntheatre.org
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Friday, April 13 19 events
  • All Day Free Appliance Pick-up 
    In honor of Earth Day, Appliance Depot is offering free pick-up of your appliances—whether they're working or non-working—from April 7-May 5 in Whatcom County (typical fees are $10-$60). In the past 12 years, the nonprofit has saved more than 50,000 appliances from the waste stream and provided job training and work experience to more than 400 low-income residents.
    Whatcom County :: (360) 527-2646 or http://www.appliancedepotbham.com
  • All Day Skagit Valley Tulip Festival 
    The flower-focused Skagit Valley Tulip Festival takes place throughout April at a variety of venues from Mount Vernon to Edison to La Conner, Anacortes, and beyond. In addition to being able to explore fields of budding daffodils and tulips, there'll be a street fair, arts events, a kids garage sale, a boat show, a tulip run and tulip pedal, live music, a quilt walk, a wine festival, book sales, a parade and much more. Head to the website to check out the full roster of events, and remember that bloom dates take place "according to Mother Nature."
    Skagit Valley :: http://www.tulipfestival.org
  • All Day Rexville Grange Art Show 
    Attend an opening reception for the annual Rexville Grange Art Show from 6-8pm Friday at Mount Vernon's Rexville Grange, 19299 Rexville Grange Rd. More than two dozen artists' works can be viewed and purchased from 10am-6pm daily through April 15. Entry to the Tulip Festival Show is free.
  • 10:00am Bradner Flower Show 
    Head over the border for the 90th annual Bradner Flower Show taking place from 10am-5pm Friday through Sunday at Abbotsford's Bradner Community Hall and Elementary School, 5305 Bradner Rd. A plant sale, daffodils displays, homemade food and baked goods, crafts, music, craft beer tastings, gardening seminars, speakers and more will be part of the weekend's events. Entry is $2.
    Bradner Community Hall :: http://www.facebook.com/bradnerhall
  • 7:30pm Pacific Northwest Opera's Turandot 
    Pacific Northwest Opera presents performances of Turandot at 7:30pm Friday, and 3pm Sunday at Mount Vernon's McIntyre Hall, 2501 E. College Way. Based on an ancient Chinese tale, the opera is an epic masterpiece of revenge, power and love following a vengeful princess who has decreed that she will marry only a royal suitor who can answer three riddles. Tickets are $25-$65.
    McIntyre Hall :: http://www.mcintyrehall.org
  • All Day 9 to 5, the Musical 
    Friendship and revenge take center stage when 9 to 5, the Musical continues this week with performances at 7:30pm Thursday through Saturday, and 2pm Sunday at the Anacortes Community Theatre, 918 M Ave. The play is based on the seminal 1980 hit movie, and features music and lyrics by Dolly Parton. Tickets are $20 to see the play about three women who get even with their sexist, egotistical, lying boss. Additional performances happens weekends through April 28.
    Anacortes Community Theatre :: http://www.acttheatre.com
  • All Day Scapino 
    Enjoy the fast-paced and physical hijinks of the timeless comedy Scapino concludes this week with performances at 7:30pm Thursday through Saturday, and 2pm Sunday at the Bellingham Theatre Guild, 1600 St. Directed by Teri Grimes, Dunlop and Dale's adaptation of Moliere's comedy will be performed in a "zany" commedia dell'arte style. Tickets are $8-$14.
    Bellingham Theatre Guild :: http://www.bellinghamtheatreguild.com
  • 7:30pm Bellingham Rep's Projections 
    Bellingham Repertory Dance presents performances of "Projections: Dance, Poetry, and Visual Art" at 7:30pm Friday and Saturday, and 2pm Sunday at Western Washington University's Western Gallery. The shows will merge dance with an art exhibit by Ibram Lassaw and poetry by writers in the Chuckanut Sandstone Writers Theater. Tickets to the artistic partnership are $15-$25.
  • 8:00pm Legends and Brawls 
    Any genre will be up for grabs when "Genre Legends" returns to the stage at 8pm Fridays and Saturdays through April at the Upfront Theatre, 1208 Bay St. At 10pm, stick around for "Backyard Brawl," which pits two teams of improvisers against one another in a "short form improv slugfest." Tickets are $10 in advance, $12 at the door.
    Upfront Theatre :: http://www.theupfront.com
  • 6:00pm Bellingham Circus Guild 10th Anniversary Celebration 
    Attend the Bellingham Circus Guild's 10th Anniversary Celebration with performances at 6pm (all-ages) and 9pm (21-plus) at the Cirque Lab, 1401 6th St. Audiences will see some of the best performers from the last decade, as well as current stars. Juggling, aerials, acrobatics and much more will be part of the fun. Tickets are $15 in advance, $18 at the door ($10 for kids 12 and under).
  • All Day Hir 
    Attend performances of Taylor Mac’s subversive comedy Hir starting this weekend at 7:30pm Thursday through Saturday at Western Washington University's DUG Theater (in the Performing Arts Center). Somewhere in the suburbs, Isaac has returned from the wars to help take care of his ailing father, only to discover a household in revolt. The insurgent is his mom. Liberated from an oppressive marriage, with Isaac’s newly out transgender sibling as her ally, she’s on a crusade to dismantle the patriarchy. Tickets are $10-$12; additional performances happen through April 21.
    DUG Theater :: 650-6146 or http://www.tickets.wwu.edu
  • 7:00pm Always...Patsy Cline 
    Witness a musical tribute to a beloved country western star when Always...Patsy Cline begins this weekend with 7pm performances Friday and Saturday at the Conway Muse, 1844 Spruce St. Ria Peth Vanderpool plays the title role and co-star Kelly Visten plays Cline's longtime fan and friend, Louis Seger. A country band will play along during the musical, which weaves 27 songs into the storyline. Tickets are $28. Additional performances happen Fridays and Saturdays through April.
  • 9:00am Spring Garage Sale 
    More than 150 vendors will show and sell their wares at the 26th annual Spring Garage Sale taking place from 9am-4pm Friday and Saturday at Mount Vernon's Skagit County Fairgrounds, 479 W. Taylor St. Food, live music and more will be part of the fun. Entry is $3.
    Skagit County Fairgrounds :: http://www.skagitcounty.net/fairgrounds
  • 9:30am - 11:00am Wild Things 
    Kids, adults and adventurers can join Holly Roger of Wild Whatcom for a "Wild Things" Community Program from 9:30-11am every Friday in April at the Stimpson Family Nature Reserve. Please bring a simple, healthy snack to share, and dress for the weather. Suggested donation is $5 per person.
    Stimpson Family Nature Reserve :: http://www.wildwhatcom.org
  • 3:00pm - 3:30pm Coffee Tasting 
    Attend a weekly coffee tasting from 3-3:30pm at Camber Cafe, 221 W. Holly St. Entry is free, and no RSVP is needed to come in and enjoy a small tasting flight of the venue's single-origin coffees.
  • 4:00pm - 6:00pm Food Not Bombs 
    All are welcome to partake of nutritious and delicious vegan meals when Food Not Bombs offers a community meal from 4-6pm every Friday on the corner of Magnolia Street and Cornwall Avenue (alongside the peace vigil). The event—which is dedicated to spreading food, love and nonviolence as an action against war and poverty—is free.
    Downtown Bellingham :: http://www.facebook.com/BellinghamFNB
  • 7:00pm - 8:30pm Salamander Meaner 
    Join Wild Whatcom for a "Salamander Meander" from 7-8:30pm at Fairhaven's Hundred Acre Wood. Wetlands ecologist Vikki Jackson, the "Queen of Amphibia," will lead the way. Suggested donation is $8 for kids (ages 4-17), and $12 for adults.
    Hundred Acre Wood :: http://www.wildwhatcom.org
  • 7:30pm - 9:30pm Friday Night Flicks 
    Join the South Fork Valley Community Association for a "Friday Night Flicks" viewing of Unforgiven at 7:30pm at the Van Zandt Community Hall, 4106 Valley Hwy. Entry to the rated R movie is $5 per person or $10 per group (includes popcorn).
    Van Zandt Community Hal :: southforkvalley@aol.com
  • 7:30pm - 9:00pm Us and Them 
    Bellingham Arts Academy for Youth students and director Ian Bivins remount a showing of Us and Them at 7:30pm at the Firehouse Performing Arts Center, 1314 Harris Ave. Bivins and the students are encouraging community dialogue as they remount this drama about "what brings us together and what keeps us apart." Entry is free.
    Firehouse Performing Arts Center :: http://www.firehouseperformingartscenter.com
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Saturday, April 14 44 events
  • All Day Free Appliance Pick-up 
    In honor of Earth Day, Appliance Depot is offering free pick-up of your appliances—whether they're working or non-working—from April 7-May 5 in Whatcom County (typical fees are $10-$60). In the past 12 years, the nonprofit has saved more than 50,000 appliances from the waste stream and provided job training and work experience to more than 400 low-income residents.
    Whatcom County :: (360) 527-2646 or http://www.appliancedepotbham.com
  • All Day Skagit Valley Tulip Festival 
    The flower-focused Skagit Valley Tulip Festival takes place throughout April at a variety of venues from Mount Vernon to Edison to La Conner, Anacortes, and beyond. In addition to being able to explore fields of budding daffodils and tulips, there'll be a street fair, arts events, a kids garage sale, a boat show, a tulip run and tulip pedal, live music, a quilt walk, a wine festival, book sales, a parade and much more. Head to the website to check out the full roster of events, and remember that bloom dates take place "according to Mother Nature."
    Skagit Valley :: http://www.tulipfestival.org
  • All Day Rexville Grange Art Show 
    Attend an opening reception for the annual Rexville Grange Art Show from 6-8pm Friday at Mount Vernon's Rexville Grange, 19299 Rexville Grange Rd. More than two dozen artists' works can be viewed and purchased from 10am-6pm daily through April 15. Entry to the Tulip Festival Show is free.
  • All Day Pacific Northwest Opera's Turandot 
    Pacific Northwest Opera presents performances of Turandot at 7:30pm Friday, and 3pm Sunday at Mount Vernon's McIntyre Hall, 2501 E. College Way. Based on an ancient Chinese tale, the opera is an epic masterpiece of revenge, power and love following a vengeful princess who has decreed that she will marry only a royal suitor who can answer three riddles. Tickets are $25-$65.
    McIntyre Hall :: http://www.mcintyrehall.org
  • All Day Bradner Flower Show 
    Head over the border for the 90th annual Bradner Flower Show taking place from 10am-5pm Friday through Sunday at Abbotsford's Bradner Community Hall and Elementary School, 5305 Bradner Rd. A plant sale, daffodils displays, homemade food and baked goods, crafts, music, craft beer tastings, gardening seminars, speakers and more will be part of the weekend's events. Entry is $2.
    Bradner Community Hall :: http://www.facebook.com/bradnerhall
  • All Day Bellingham Rep's Projections 
    Bellingham Repertory Dance presents performances of "Projections: Dance, Poetry, and Visual Art" at 7:30pm Friday and Saturday, and 2pm Sunday at Western Washington University's Western Gallery. The shows will merge dance with an art exhibit by Ibram Lassaw and poetry by writers in the Chuckanut Sandstone Writers Theater. Tickets to the artistic partnership are $15-$25.
  • All Day 9 to 5, the Musical 
    Friendship and revenge take center stage when 9 to 5, the Musical continues this week with performances at 7:30pm Thursday through Saturday, and 2pm Sunday at the Anacortes Community Theatre, 918 M Ave. The play is based on the seminal 1980 hit movie, and features music and lyrics by Dolly Parton. Tickets are $20 to see the play about three women who get even with their sexist, egotistical, lying boss. Additional performances happens weekends through April 28.
    Anacortes Community Theatre :: http://www.acttheatre.com
  • All Day Scapino 
    Enjoy the fast-paced and physical hijinks of the timeless comedy Scapino concludes this week with performances at 7:30pm Thursday through Saturday, and 2pm Sunday at the Bellingham Theatre Guild, 1600 St. Directed by Teri Grimes, Dunlop and Dale's adaptation of Moliere's comedy will be performed in a "zany" commedia dell'arte style. Tickets are $8-$14.
    Bellingham Theatre Guild :: http://www.bellinghamtheatreguild.com
  • 9:00am Woodfest 
    "Timber to Tech" will be the focus of the 20th annual "Woodfest" from 9am-4pm Saturday, and 10am-3pm Sunday in the gymnasium at Sedro-Woolley High School, 1235 Third St. This year, in addition to highlighting woodworking and shop programs in Pacific Northwest schools, the event has been expanded to include both wood shop and technology program exhibits from local high schools. There will also be vendors with handcrafted wood and other products, tours, raffles and demos by the Northwest Corner Woodworkers Association and the Northwest Washington Woodturners. Entry is free.
    Sedro-Woolley High School :: http://www.sedro-woolley.com
  • 8:00pm Legends and Brawls 
    Any genre will be up for grabs when "Genre Legends" returns to the stage at 8pm Fridays and Saturdays through April at the Upfront Theatre, 1208 Bay St. At 10pm, stick around for "Backyard Brawl," which pits two teams of improvisers against one another in a "short form improv slugfest." Tickets are $10 in advance, $12 at the door.
    Upfront Theatre :: http://www.theupfront.com
  • 6:00pm Bellingham Circus Guild 10th Anniversary Celebration 
    Attend the Bellingham Circus Guild's 10th Anniversary Celebration with performances at 6pm (all-ages) and 9pm (21-plus) at the Cirque Lab, 1401 6th St. Audiences will see some of the best performers from the last decade, as well as current stars. Juggling, aerials, acrobatics and much more will be part of the fun. Tickets are $15 in advance, $18 at the door ($10 for kids 12 and under).
  • 7:30pm Hir 
    Attend performances of Taylor Mac’s subversive comedy Hir starting this weekend at 7:30pm Thursday through Saturday at Western Washington University's DUG Theater (in the Performing Arts Center). Somewhere in the suburbs, Isaac has returned from the wars to help take care of his ailing father, only to discover a household in revolt. The insurgent is his mom. Liberated from an oppressive marriage, with Isaac’s newly out transgender sibling as her ally, she’s on a crusade to dismantle the patriarchy. Tickets are $10-$12; additional performances happen through April 21.
    DUG Theater :: 650-6146 or http://www.tickets.wwu.edu
  • 7:00pm Always...Patsy Cline 
    Witness a musical tribute to a beloved country western star when Always...Patsy Cline begins this weekend with 7pm performances Friday and Saturday at the Conway Muse, 1844 Spruce St. Ria Peth Vanderpool plays the title role and co-star Kelly Visten plays Cline's longtime fan and friend, Louis Seger. A country band will play along during the musical, which weaves 27 songs into the storyline. Tickets are $28. Additional performances happen Fridays and Saturdays through April.
  • 9:00am Spring Garage Sale 
    More than 150 vendors will show and sell their wares at the 26th annual Spring Garage Sale taking place from 9am-4pm Friday and Saturday at Mount Vernon's Skagit County Fairgrounds, 479 W. Taylor St. Food, live music and more will be part of the fun. Entry is $3.
    Skagit County Fairgrounds :: http://www.skagitcounty.net/fairgrounds
  • 9:00am - 10:30am Hanging Basket Workshop 
    Designer Nancy Elebak will guide students in a "Make It and Take It: Hanging Basket" workshop starting at 9am at Garden Spot Nursery, 900 Alabama St. Design, color and plant choices will be covered. Entry is $79 and includes all supplies needed for an extra-large hanging basket.
    Garden Spot Nursery :: http://www.garden-spot.com
  • 9:00am - 1:00pm Native Plant Sale 
    The Skagit Conservation District will host a Native Plant Sale from 9am-1pm Sat., April 14 at Bow's WACD Lynn Brown Plant Materials Center, 16564 Bradley Rd. The conservation-grade plants will be sold on a first-come, first-served basis.
    WACD Lynn Brown Plant Materials Center :: http://www.skagitcd.org
  • 9:00am - 12:00pm NSEA Work Party 
    Help restore salmon habitat when you join the Nooksack Salmon Enhancement Association for a Spring Work Party from 9am-12pm along Terrell Creek in Birch Bay. Tools, gloves, snacks and coffee will be provided.
    Terrell Creek :: http://www.n-sea.org
  • 10:00am - 1:00pm Veteran Benefits 
    United States veterans can get free assistance at a "Veteran Benefits" event from 10am-1pm at Blaine's American Legion Post 86, 4580 Legion Dr. Volunteers for the Whatcom County Veteran Navigator Program are veterans who are experienced with helping other veterans. Entry is free. Bring a copy of your DD 214 if you have it.
  • 10:00am - 3:00pm Bellingham Farmers Market 
    The 26th season of the Bellingham Farmers Market continues from 10am-3pm Saturdays through Dec. 22 at the Depot Market Square, 1100 Railroad Ave. In addition to perusing and purchasing locally grown produce, crafts and ready-to-eat foods, upcoming events include Demo Days, Chef in the Market, and a Wednesday Market starting in June at the Fairhaven Village Green.
    Depot Market Square :: http://www.bellinghamfarmers.org
  • 10:00am - 12:00pm Do the Bloom Color Run 
    Runners will become living canvases when they take part in Anacortes Arts Festival's fourth annual "Do the Bloom" Color Run starting at 10am at the Depot Arts Center, 611 R Ave. Entry is $30 ($10 for a kids' run) and proceeds benefit public art programs on Fidalgo Island.
  • 10:00am - 5:00pm Great Puzzle Hunt 
    Students and community members can sign up by April 12 to take part in the annual brain-stretching outdoor adventure race known as the WWU Great Puzzle Hunt from 10am-5pm throughout Bellingham. The puzzles are hands-on and group- oriented, and it will be to your advantage to have teammates with knowledge of music, art, theatre, dance, humanities, social sciences, sciences and mathematics. Entry is $8-$15.
    Throughout Bellingham :: http://www.greatpuzzlehunt.com
  • 10:00am - 11:00am Sumas Book Club 
    Mark Kurlansky's City Beasts will be the focus of a Sumas Book Club discussion from 10-11am at the Sumas Library, 461 2nd St. The group meets on the second Saturday of each month.
    Sumas Library :: (360) 988-2501
  • 10:00am - 11:30am Electric Car Life 
    Local resident Heino Sunter analyzes the latest vs. used electric cars, the costs, and the pros and cons of each at a "Life with an All-Electric Car" presentation from 10-11:30am at the Blaine Library, 610 3rd St. Get real-life information on the performance, range, reliability, versatility, comfort, and convenience of electric cars at the free event.
    Blaine Library :: (360) 305-3637
  • 10:30am - 12:00pm Award-Winning Book Club 
    Discuss Betty Smith's A Tree Grows in Brooklyn at an Award Winning Book Club meeting from 10:30am-12pm at the Lynden Library, 216 4th St. Even if you didn't finish the book, show up for the friendly and lively event.
    Lynden Library :: (360) 354-4883
  • 10:30am - 3:00pm Fruit Growing Workshops 
    "Learn the Artful Tradition of Espalier" will be the focus of a workshop from 10:30am-12pm at Everson's Cloud Mountain Farm Center, 6906 Goodwin Rd. From 1:30-3pm, sign up for "Growing Stone Fruits: Cherries, Peaches, Apricots and Plums." Entry to each workshop is $10 per person, or $8 each for two or more people registering together.
    Cloud Mountain Farm Center :: http://www.cloudmountainfarmcenter.org
  • 11:00am - 3:00pm Antiques and Collectibles Evaluation Event 
    Seasoned evaluators will be on hand to estimate the value of your collectibles at an "Antiques and Collectibles" event happening from 11am-3pm at the Bellingham Senior Activity Center, 315 Halleck St. Fees will be $8 per item or $20 for three items—examples include fine art, tools, coins, books, toys, jewelry, clocks, quilts, stamps, silver, sports cards and comics.
    Bellingham Senior Activity Center :: http://www.wccoa.org
  • 11:00am - 1:30pm Career Fair 
    Students and community members hunting for jobs can attend an Engineering, Industrial and Manufacturing Career Fair from 11am-1:30pm at Bellingham Technical College's Settlemeyer Hall, 3028 Lindbergh Ave. This free event offers students and job seekers an opportunity to connect with representatives from local and regional businesses and discuss career and employment opportunities. Dress professionally and bring copies of your resume.
    Settlemeyer Hall :: (360) 752-8450 or http://www.btc.edu
  • 11:00am - 1:00pm Co-op Garden Day 
    Attend "Garden Day" from 11am-1pm at both Community Food Co-op locations—1220 N. Forest Street and 315 Westerly Rd. WSU Master Gardeners and Common Threads AmeriCorps Food Educators will be on-site at both stores to share advice, answer questions and host a planting seeds with kids activity. At the Cordata store, there will be 15-minute presentations on everything from the future of edible landscaping to seed-saving basics, Bokashi composting, no-till mulched gardening, and garden planting strategies for self-reliance and food storage. Entry is free.
    Community Food Co-ops :: http://www.communityfood.coop
  • 12:30pm - 4:30pm Tax Help Available 
    The AARP Tax-Aide program will provide free tax preparation services today from 12:30-4:30pm at Bellingham's First Congregational Church, 2401 Cornwall Ave. See guidelines on the Bellingham Public Library's website.
    First Congregational Church :: http://www.bellinghampubliclibrary.org
  • 1:00pm - 3:00pm Curator's Talk and Tour 
    Enjoy a lively discussion as co-curators Kristin Schwain and Jo Stealey lead two presentations about the exhibit "Rooted, Revived, Reinvented: Basketry in America" today at Whatcom Museum. At 1pm, Schwain will present a slideshow, “Canastromania: Or How Basket Fever Transformed American Basketry from 1890 to 1940," at the Old City Hall, 121 Prospect St. Following her talk, walk over to the Lightcatcher Building at 2:30pm for a fun and informative gallery tour with Stealey. Both the talk and tour are included with regular museum admission.
    Whatcom Museum :: http://www.whatcommuseum.org
  • 1:00pm - 2:00pm Rough Cut 
    Filmmaker and author Rick Wood leads a presentation dubbed "Rough Cut: Lessons from Endangered Species" from 1-2pm at the Ferndale Library, 2125 Main St. Wood chronicled endangered species for the past six years and has tales of tragedies and triumphs that shed light on the state of the environment and our hopes to repair damages already done. Entry to the family-friendly show is free.
    Ferndale Library :: http://www.wcls.org
  • 1:00pm - 6:00pm Mug Up 
    Alumni are invited to attend "Mug Up: Salmon Cannery Workers Present and Past" from 1-6pm at Alaska Packers Cannery Lodge in Blaine's Semiahmoo Park, 9261 Semiahmoo Pkwy. History professor Katie Ringsmuth will provide a brief presentation, and the afternoon will also provide plenty of stories, reminiscing and participation in "Mug Up," a project to collect, represent and convey the history and culture of the canning community. Please RSVP.
    Semiahmoo Park :: (360) 371-3558
  • 3:00pm - 5:00pm Classic Chaplin 
    Be in the house when the biggest of the big from the silent film era meets a mighty Wurlitzer pipe organ played by world-renowned film historian and organist Dennis James at a "Classic Chaplin" event at 3pm at the Mount Baker Theatre, 104 N. Commercial St. Expect hilarity, history and also harmony with four Chaplin shorts on the mainstage screen. Entry is $5.50-$15.50.
    Mount Baker Theatre :: 734-6080 or http://www.mountbakertheatre.com
  • 3:00pm - 5:00pm Sudden Valley Jazz Series 
    The Sudden Valley Jazz Series season kicks off with a concert by the Brothers Arntzen from 3-5pm at the Sudden Valley Dance Barn, 8 Barn View Court, Gate 2. The siblings play sweet and hot music for dancers and listeners alike, with a mission to make sure the audience has as much fun as they do. Tickets are $20; proceeds benefit Friends of the South Whatcom Library.
    Sudden Valley Dance Barn :: http://www.fswl.org
  • 3:00pm - 4:00pm Native Plants & Birds 
    Discover the benefits of native plants in your yard for birds, bees, bugs and beauty when reps from the North Cascades Audubon Society lead a "Native Plants and Birds" presentation from 3-4pm at the Deming Library, 5044 Mt. Baker Hwy. Entry is free.
    Deming Library :: (360) 592-2422
  • 4:00pm - 6:00pm In the Valley of Mystic Light 
    La Conner-based author and journalist Claire Swedberg shares stories from In the Valley of Mystic Light at 4pm at Village Books, 1200 11th St. The book she conceived of with the late Rita Hupy tells how a small farming town became an established, artistic community over the course of a few decades. The tale of art, community and mysticism cover the "Big Four" artists, dropout artists of Fishtown, and beyond.
    Village Books :: http://www.villagebooks.com
  • 6:30pm - 7:30pm Citizenship Class 
    If you're interested in becoming a U.S. citizen, attend the first of five United States Citizenship Class sessions starting tonight from 6:30-7:30pm at the Blaine Library, 610 3rd St. Prepare for your citizenship interview and study U.S. history and government for the examination. Registration is required and class size is limited. Entry is free.
    Blaine Library :: (360) 305-3637
  • 7:00pm - 9:00pm Flora and Fauna Runway Challenge 
    Attend "Flora and Fauna," Ragfinery's fourth annual upcycled runway "challenge," at 7pm at the Leopold Crystal Ballroom, 1224 Cornwall Ave. In conjunction with April’s Earth Day festivities, the theme celebrates our natural world in its elegance and wonder, challenging participants to design and construct costumes, garments, and accessories that embody the beauty and grace displayed in nature. Tickets are $12 (standing) to $50 (VIP). Seated tickets are sold out.
    Leopold Crystal Ballroom :: http://www.ragfinery.com
  • 7:00pm - 9:00pm The Immigrant's Table 
    Mary Lou Sanelli reads from her collection, The Immigrant's Table: Poems & Heirloom Recipes, at 7pm at Village Books, 1200 11th St. Now in its third printing, the book is described as a "fun, upbeat story that dramatically and poetically tells a story of immigration, cultural adjustment and weaving Old and New Worlds together into a rich fabric of memoir."
    Village Books :: http://www.villagebooks.com
  • 7:00pm - 10:30pm Contra Dance 
    Mercury Rising will provide live music at the Bellingham Old-Time Country Dance Society's Contra Dance taking place from 7-10:30pm at the Fairhaven Library, 1117 12th St. All are welcome. Suggested donation is $6 for students, $8-$10 general.
  • 7:30pm - 9:30pm Twisted Flicks with Jet City Improv 
    Some of Seattle’s funniest improvisers, Jet City Improv, will watch a bad movie on the big screen, mute the sound and then use your suggestions to make up brand new dialogue, music and sound effects on the spot at a "Twisted Flicks King Kong" performance at 7:30pm at Mount Vernon's Lincoln Theatre, 712 S. First St. Tickets are $23.
    Lincoln Theatre :: http://www.lincolntheatre.org
  • 7:30pm - 9:30pm Nuages and Friends 
    The seventh and final installment in the 2017-2018 Manouche NW concert series will feature a concert by local jazz quintet Nuages at 7:30pm at Unity Spiritual Center, 1095 Telegraph Rd . The performance will also feature Texas-based jazz vocalist Danielle Reich and violinist Mark Seale. Craft beer and wine will be available for purchase, with proceeds supporting the Whatcom Jazz Music Arts Center. Admission is $15.
    Unity Spiritual Center :: http://www.manouchenw.com
  • 7:30pm - 9:30pm Black Umfolosi 
    The longtime South African ensemble known as Black Umfolosi performs at 7:30pm at Mount Vernon's McIntyre Hall, 2501 E. College Way. Expect their trademark harmonies mixed with intricate rhythms and brilliant choreography—from subtle to vibrant stomping and leaping. Tickets are $25-$35.
    McIntyre Hall :: http://www.mcintyrehall.org
  • 8:00pm - 10:00pm Cosmic Comedy 
    A roster of local comedians will bring five minutes each of their best material to a monthly "Comedy Night at Cosmic Games" event at 8pm at 1905 Cornwall Ave. Expect adult humor, swearing and merriment. Entry to the all-ages event is free.
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